Many people use chlorine bleach to clean their homes, wash their clothes and disinfect toys and things around the home. What they may not realize is that the bleach they are using to maintain a healthy and clean home could be causing damage to their bodies and their home septic system. Here, you will learn a little about the effects on your health and home and what you can use alternatively to bleach.
What are the negative effects of bleach?
Septic System Issues
When you use chlorine bleach in your washing machine, toilets or sinks, it is carried through the drainage lines and into the septic system. If the use of bleach is limited, there will likely be no negative effects on the septic system, but if you use bleach regularly in the home, the effects could be costly.
The bleach not only kills the bacteria in your home, but eventually, it can begin to kill the bacteria that is needed in your septic tank to break down the waste.
If you use antibacterial soaps and products in your home in conjunction with the use of bleach, you increase the chances of killing the bacteria in your septic tank and having septic waste backed up in your home after the septic system fails.
What is an alternative to using bleach?
Instead of reaching for that jug of bleach when you want whiter whites and a sanitized toilet, use a natural alternative. To make a natural alternative, get a bucket and mix:
Pour the mixture into spray bottles and/or empty water jugs to use throughout your home. The mixture can be used just as you would use the bleach with the exception of the need to shake the mixture before use.
For an average size laundry load, pour about 2-cups of the mixture into the washing machine in place of the bleach. The mixture will oxidize and help remove stains and disinfect the clothing as it is washed.
Owning a home with a septic tank requires you to be more aware of what you are putting down your drains. Trying to avoid anti-bacterial products in the septic system is a good step in maintaining a strong septic system that will last several years without any maintenance or pumping needed. For more questions, contact a company like Martin Septic Service Inc.
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